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Dovetail

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103 W. 77th St., New York, NY 10024 40.780688 -73.976514
nr. Columbus Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-362-3800 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: American Nouveau
  • Price Range: $$$

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  • Critics' Rating: ***

    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    8 out of 10

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Photo by Patrick Siggins

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Official Website

dovetailnyc.com

Hours

Mon, 5:30pm-10pm; Tue-Sat, 5:30pm-11pm; Sun, 11:30am-2:30pm and 5:30pm-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at 79th St.; B, C at 81st St.-Museum of Natural History

Prices

$28-$36

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Hot Spot
  • Notable Chef
  • Notable Wine List
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Romantic
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

Vegetable-loving chef John Fraser is once again basting beets at his Upper West Side restaurant, Dovetail. The acclaimed — and Michelin-starred — restaurant reopened after just over a month of renovations, and a lot has changed in that time. With ten years in the kitchen here and a second restaurant, Narcissa, under his belt, Fraser decided the time was ripe to revamp the menu and ask questions about what his team was cooking and why. At Dovetail 2.0, which has ditched à la carte for tasting and prix fixe formats, Fraser’s approach is more clarified and focused, the culmination of a years-long shift toward a vegetable-focused, California-cuisine sensibility.

“When I started this vegetable journey, we were interested in making them mimic meat, using lots of barbecue sauces,” Fraser says. “After a while, I became more interested in making the best mushroom dish or what have you.” The menu is also geared to the pleasure principle, eschewing avant-garde technique or combinations in favor of cooking that nods to backyard summer dishes, like cedar-baked mushrooms, a riff on the traditional salmon preparation, meant to evoke something familiar with a slight twist. But even if diners don’t immediately pick up on Fraser’s points of reference, he isn’t sweating it as long as they think the dishes taste good. “When I read Hemingway, it makes me want to write,” Fraser says. “Our food is approachable, but it makes you want to cook. When things are simpler, it makes them more delicious.”

Note

At $138, the six-course tasting menu is one of the better bargains in town.

Ideal Meal

Pork belly, saddle of lamb

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